We’re touched and inspired by the “Autimism” movement, which promotes moving away from classifying autism spectrum disorder as a “disease” to be “cured,” but rather focuses on how kids on the spectrum are fully-formed, fun and interesting human beings! We reached out to award-winning author, Chantal Sicile-Kira, to shed some light on the awesomeness of kids with Asperger’s.
By Chantal Sicile-Kira
In the early 1990s, Asperger’s Syndrome was coined to describe those people on the more able end of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But, when the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (2013) was published, the term Aspergers was abandoned, and now is considered part of ASD.
So, while diagnostically the term is not used anymore, in the real world, people continue to use it to describe their kids and students. We know Aspie kids are still out there and we love them!
Here are just a few reasons why:
- Aspie kids are very literal minded. If you see your Aspie kid drawing in a coloring book on the floor and tell them, “color on the table not the floor,” they will. They will color directly on the table, leaving the coloring book on the floor.
- They don’t lie. If you ask an Aspie kid if you look fat in a dress, be prepared to hear the painful truth.
- They are not discrete. If an Aspie kid has a question, he will ask it in front of anyone. Like the time an Aspie kid asked me how the baby got in my pregnant friend’s tummy; or why a friend of mine visiting from the Middle East was wearing a tea towel on his head.
- Aspie kids have great long-term memory for details. This could be really helpful in regards to helping you with your failing memory for passwords. Problem is, he or she will tell everyone else (see discrete #3 above).
*Chantal Sicile-Kira is an award-winning author, speaker, and leader in the field of autism. She has been involved with autism spectrum disorders for over 25 years as both a parent and a professional on both sides of the Atlantic.